Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2511 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
With puzzles as consistently good as these it’s difficult to say something different each Sunday, so I won’t try. Just enjoy!
Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 27th November.
1a Arranged as a winch, it can lower lots of timber (8)
Arranged here indicates that an anagram of AS A WINCH is required in order to get a tool for cutting down trees
15a Person ultimately defending deception in part of India (6)
The ultimate defender on the football pitch is a charade of a part of India and a deception
21a Current diaries do, compared to their predecessors, alas! (8)
The definition is tucked away at the end of the clue – the rest is a cryptic definition based on the fact that last year was a leap year!
28a Mouth I shut in quiet way, as member of order (8)
The resolution of this clue is all in how you break it up! – a slang word for mouth is followed by I inside (shut in) a couple of abbreviations, one for quiet and the other for a way or urban road; the definition is a member of a religious order – what makes this such an excellent clue is that this religious order are known for their quiet ways
2d Henry’s taken over revolt in plant (8)
A short affectionate form of the name Henry, much favoured by Shakespeare, is put around word meaning to revolt to get this plant
16d Early birds (8)
Two birds combine to give a sign of early morning
25d Remove from deciduous tree (4)
A word meaning to remove is hidden in the rest of the clue
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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